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CEO, China: The Rise of Xi Jinping

By Kerry Brown

I. B. Tauris & Co. Ltd, 2016

Who is Xi Jinping? What led to his rise to the summit of the most populous nation on earth? How much power does he wield? Kerry Brown, Professor of Chinese Studies and Director of the Lau China Institute at King’s College London, answers each of these questions and more, chronicling Xi Jinping’s ascendance to power in relation to the development of the CCP. Dubbed the “Chinese Godfather,” Kerry argues that Xi Jinping derives his power by appealing to the emotions and intelligence of the Chinese people through carefully crafted language and action. Relying on his allies and silencing several of his enemies, Xi Jinping is leading one of the most fascinating political movements in pursuit of the “China Dream.” What does the “China Dream” entail? Only by understanding where Xi Jinping and his peers came from, will we be able to find out.

  • There is an occupational hazard for anyone who chooses to write about Chinese politics in the second decade of the 21st century,” admits Professor Kerry Brown of King’s College, London, in his dazzlingly detailed new book, CEO, China: The Rise of Xi Jinping. “We may live in an age of openness and information, but the inner workings of the Chinese political system … remain one of the few bastions of opacity.” More presumptive “experts” should follow Brown’s lead and humbly offer their “expertise” with modesty. Few do.

    Tom Plate

    distinguished scholar of Asian and Pacific studies at Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles
  • "Xi is determined to reshape China and bring it into the centre of the international stage. We all feel these profound changes, but few of us have the ability to step back, put Xi in perspective, analyse his rise, and guess where Xi will take us. Kerry Brown has it, and he delivers. This book provides an excellent account of Xi’s rise, his visions, his determination, and the future he is making for China and for the world. All who are interested in China and its global role should read it."


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